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Gaganyaan’s first trial flight may face delays

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Bengaluru, June 11 | As Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) had earlier said it has planned two trial flights without crew ahead of Gaganyaan — the first one around December 2020 and the second around July 2021, it may face delays due to COVID-19 Lockdown.

India’s first unmanned mission slated this year as part of its ambitious human space flight venture “Gaganyaan” may face some delay with preparations adversely impacted due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown, according to ISRO officials.

Four Indian Air Force fighter pilots — potential candidates for the Gaganyaan project — are currently under training in Moscow.

“There are some disturbances because of COVID, but still nothing is confirmed (about the delay). We need to see, still, we have got some six months time. We are trying to see if we can reach there,” a senior ISRO official told.

ISRO plans to carry humanoid “Vyommitra” in the first test flight. The space agency is expected to launch the Rs 10,000- crore “Gaganyaan” in 2022, the year of the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

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